Posted in music | pictures on April 21, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt

"The Specials had Terminal 5 dancing" - Joe Saturday

The Specials

Boy, oh boy, did the Specials get their skank on at Coachella Friday afternoon.

The reunited English band, one of the pioneers of "2 Tone" ska-punk music, played their second U.S. show in nearly three decades (their first was a L.A. warm-up gig the night before) and they must've been hanging out at the Red Bull tent beforehand. Though the bandmembers are all over 50, they hopped, skipped, spun, and danced non-stop all over the stage. It was like a ska-punk fitness class.

The 10-piece band -- all original members, missing only founding keyboardist/songwriter Jerry Dammers -- blasted out classics like "A Message To You, Rudy," "Do the Dog," and "Monkey Man."

Organs soared, a three-piece horn section blared, and lead singer Terry Hall shuffled his feet and spat lyrics in an upbeat reggae cadence, as bassist Horace Panter fingered nimble dub lines, drummer John Bradbury cracked echoing rimshots, and Roddy Byers and Lynval Golding traded slinky guitar riffs.

"That's a dance-y song -- you can dance to it," singer Neville Staple said of "Monkey Man." You bet your checkered pants and mohawk you can dance to it -- and most fans at the Beer Garden stage did just that. [SPIN]

... and they did just that again last night at Terminal 5, the group's first of two shows at the NYC venue (and one of only four, not counting Fallon, that they're playing during this trip to North America). They do it again tonight (Wednesday, 4/21). More pictures from Tuesday, and part of the setlist, below...

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Comments (37)

What time did they come on?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 1:11 AM

they were scheduled for 9:15 but didnt go on til about 9:25/9:30

Posted by a | April 21, 2010 1:21 AM

Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 1:29 AM

so they list Show at 8pm but came on at 9:30pm - was there an opening band then?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 1:32 AM

Great show!

Posted by New York Knicks | April 21, 2010 3:26 AM

DJs Felix Hall and Trevor Evans spun reggae tunes before the Specials took the stage. No opening band.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 8:13 AM

I propose that photos of setlists should be in focus.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:01 AM

It was a great show! The band was tight and on target! Nice to see some old friends from the NYC ska scene. Thanks for posting these!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:11 AM

How long did they play for? 90 mins? I can't wait to see hipsters dancing to ska music...

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:12 AM

90 minutes...including the encore. Show was over at 11:00

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM

It WAS a great show and a lively crowd - at least front right - next to the Brooklyn Vegan's (excellent) cameraman evidently. I didn't expect them to come on anywhere near 8:00; but waiting 90 minutes was a bit much. Crowd was growing restless . . . but the first few beats of Do the Dog pretty much cured that! Still, there were technical glitches - midway through Rat Race, a frustrated Terry threw his (non-working) mike on the ground, which was promptly replaced by a working one. They played about 90 minutes. Despite the technical issues, it was a wonderful show! Hard to pick a highlight, but Little B & Stupid Marriage were particularly awesome.

Posted by JasonNYC | April 21, 2010 9:33 AM

you "skank" to ska music.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 9:33 AM

oh this is good to know because im going tonight and i wasnt sure what time to get there...if they didnt come on until 9pm then im definately not gonna arrive for 7!!

Posted by melissa | April 21, 2010 10:12 AM

can someone post the setlist or a better pic of it?

Posted by anon | April 21, 2010 10:33 AM

Do the Dog
(Dawning of a) New Era
Gangsters
It's Up to You
Monkey Man
Rat Race
Hey Little Rich Girl
Blank Expression
Doesn't Make it Alright
Stupid Marriage
Concrete Jungle
Friday Night, Saturday Morning
Stereotypes 1/2
Man at C&A
A Message to You Rudy
Do Nothing
Little Bitch
Nite Klub
Too Much Too Young
You're Wondering Now

Encore:
Ghost Town
Enjoy Yourself

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 10:38 AM

Remember Pete Steele

Posted by Bill | April 21, 2010 11:10 AM

Nonstop hits.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 11:57 AM

From the bands manager, they're supposed to go on at 9:15 and have a strict curfew of 11pm. Last night they went on close to 9:30 and finished exactly at 10:59.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 11:59 AM

Is @9:15 the standard starting time for bands when there is no opening act at Terminal 5? Just wondering for future reference. The waiting time seemed excessive to us last night... but as noted above, once the band came on it was all forgiven! Great show!

Posted by P.C. Carp | April 21, 2010 12:16 PM

Entire set is great but Ghost Town is a clear stand out. Can't wait to see 'em again tonight!

Posted by blackhat | April 21, 2010 12:17 PM

Despite the fact that Terminal 5 seemed it's usual over stuffed capacity crowd. It was a relief to experience the open roof top bar for beers. The Specials haven't lost it yet - the crowd really got into it and were really energized. Sound was better than other shows I've seen here. Being a Ska man back in my early teenage years, this one was 30 years worth waiting for!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 3:04 PM

I was hoping for Guns Of Navarone but having seen this setlist is great for me! Looking forward to tonight's show.

Posted by KAP | April 21, 2010 4:15 PM

can't wait for tonite!

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 4:34 PM

Hey Anonymous at 9:12AM - instead of putting out the negative energy, how about just not posting - Also, you should write "how long did they play?" not "how long did they play for?".

BTW: GREAT SHOW last night! Concrete Jungle was a high point.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 5:09 PM

what's this about a "roof top bar for beers?"

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 6:23 PM

Such a terrific show last night! Great energy and people!

Posted by Kerry | April 21, 2010 8:05 PM

The Specials - Terminal 5 NYC 4/20/10...the mini movie! Here's a taste of what the evening was like...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J07hi7EiPMU

Posted by Hownice | April 21, 2010 9:43 PM

Superb and better than anti-depressants. The mood was so joyful and exuberant. A truly memorable and special night and I wish I was going again tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2010 10:11 PM

so sad that toronto was postponed. i was really looking forward to the show.

Posted by headhunter | April 22, 2010 9:35 AM

It was such an amazing show!
Anyone have day 2's set list?

Posted by chloe | April 22, 2010 11:28 AM

SPLENDID show! Waited 30 years to see the band (missed Jerry Dammers though)! A room full of people all singing in unison and dancing! Fantastic! Great pics btw!

Posted by John Ozed | April 22, 2010 11:44 AM

2nd night was the same set, with the addition of "Longshot Kick The Bucket" as a second encore. They were great!

Posted by arem | April 22, 2010 3:55 PM

I like the Specials, but what have they given us? No Doubt and Save Ferris! Thanks, guys! Why so many questions about the setlist? They had like two albums -google them and that should give you a good idea.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 3:50 PM

^^^Uhm no Anon3:50...they have nothing to do with No Doubt or Save Ferris and can't help who happens to use or borrow from ska rhythms in their music. That's as silly as saying The Skatalites, Prince Buster or early Wailers or Jimmy Cliff are to blame.

Posted by blackhat | April 23, 2010 8:44 PM

Roof top bar for beers-walk through the jax corridor on the second floor, make a left, up a stairs and you're there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2010 8:55 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:29 AM

How long did they play for? 90 mins? I can't wait to see hipsters dancing to ska music...

Posted by hal3ween | August 26, 2011 10:58 PM

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